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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Things to do in San Francisco

1. Cable car ride:

In San Francisco, ride to a cable car is a must! Cable cars are an irresistible way to see the city.

Dress warmly and you can ride outside, catching visual treats that motorists routinely miss. The system, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964, has 40 cable cars that operate on the Powell-Mason, Powell-Hyde and California Street lines.


2.Alcatraz:

Alcatraz is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco, California. Once upon a time this island was served as a lighthouse, a military fortification, military prison and a federal prison until 1963.

Today, the island is a historic site operated by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open to tours. This island has been featured in many movies, TV shows, cartoons, books, comics and games.


3.Golden Gate Bridge:

Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed during the year 1937.

Now it has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and California.

Now it is the second longest suspension bridge, after Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York City.


Facts:

Opened: 27 May 1937
Total Length: 8,981 feet
Width: 90 feet
Height: 746 feet
Longest span: 4,200 feet

4.Golden Gate Park:

Golden Gate Park is located in San Francisco, California. This is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres.

With 13 millions visitors annually, Golden Gate is the third visited city park in United States.


5.De Young Museum

M.H.De Young Museum is a fine arts museum located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Nearly 1.2 million viewers visit this place every year. The de Young Museum was the last of seven U.S. museums to host The Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit in the late 1970's.

Now it is hosting "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs".


6. Lombard Street:

Lombard Street is an east-West Street in San Francisco, California. It is also called as "The Crooked street".

Most expensive real estate in the city exists in Lombard Street.

This street is alive with color, as the chrysanthemums, and other well tended flowers are in full bloom.


7. China Town:

Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and one of the largest Chinese communities outside Asia.

It is a major tourist attraction - drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge.



8. Fisherman's wharf:

Fisherman's wharf is a popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California, U.S. Fisherman's Wharf plays host to many San Francisco events, including a world class fireworks display for Fourth of July and some of the best views of the Fleet week air shows.


9. Coit Tower

Coit Tower sits atop Telegraph Hill, looming over the eastern side of San Francisco with its almost regal presence.

Coit Tower was built in Pioneer Park atop Telegraph Hill in 1933 at the bequest of lillie Hitchcock Coit to beautify the city of San Francisco.



10. Asian Art Museum:

The Asian Art Museum is located in San Francisco, California, United States. Its holdings began with the generous donations of collector Avery Brundage, and now, the facility houses nearly 15,000 treasures that span 6000 years of history.

More than 2500 extraordinary works are displayed at any one time.

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